According to Southern California Edison, as of Tuesday, Jan. 23, the water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir is 722.6 acre-feet.

Islander readers may have noticed that we have a scuba diving column in the paper. Editing it this week brought back the vivid memory of my only attempt at snorkeling. It was in the Avalon Dive Park.


It was like being inside one of the aquariums I’d often dreamed of owning but never assembled. For all of 30 seconds, it was wonderful.


Then my face mask started to take sea water.


Then my mouthpiece began to take sea water.


I started to panic.


My brain screamed: “Charles, get out of the water NOW.”


I did.


One of these days I’m going to try it again.

Avalon city officials have taken what Mayor Anni Marshall described as “toe in the water” approach to the decision of California voters to legalize marijuana, as we reported on the front page of the today’s Catalina Islander (“City prepares for the new recreational cannabis terrain,” Friday, Jan. 5, 2018). Around the time we were sending our paper to press, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took what appears to be the first step toward what some individuals see as a coming Federal crackdown on marijuana. It’s too soon to tell what will actually happen. The Islander will follow this story as it develops. Avalon hasn’t issued any licenses for a marijuana business and presently will only allow medical marijuana dispensaries. However, visitors to Catalina Island should keep in mind that to arrive on Catalina one must either pass through Federal airspace or over Federal waters.

Avalon City Manager David Jinkens retires today, Dec. 15. Denise Radde will serve as interim city manager.

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In his latest “Management Update” newsletter, Avalon City Manager David Jinkens reports that the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Los Angles Region) is investigating whether Avalon’s Fourth of July fireworks displays contaminate the water in Avalon Harbor.  Jinkins’ report points out that the Water Quality Board has also investigated the fireworks displays at Long Beach’s Queen Mary and throughout San Diego County.

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Monday is the day when you say: “All things are possible.”


Tuesday is the day when you say: “Well, there’s always next Monday.”


Monday holidays are when you say: “When will this week be over?”


Tell me what you think.

According to Southern California Edison, as of Thursday, Aug. 24, water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 734 acre feet.